The No. 16 Ohio State Buckeyes (14-5, 7-3 Big Ten) and Rutgers Scarlet Knights (13-9, 7-5) meet for a Wednesday night battle in Piscataway, N.J. The contest at Jersey Mike’s Arena is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. ET. Below, we look at the Ohio State vs. Rutgers odds and lines, and make our expert college basketball picks, predictions and bets.
Ohio State bounced back from a Jan. 30 loss to Purdue with a Sunday win over Maryland. In between, OSU had a Feb. 3 game against Iowa postponed due to inclement weather and poor travel conditions. Due to a couple recent postponements, the Buckeyes have played just three games since Jan. 18.
The Scarlet Knights are coming off a monster 84-63 bludgeoning of Michigan State on Saturday. Rutgers shot a blistering 61.5% from the floor in running its season home record to 11-2. RU’s 84 points marked its most in a single game since Jan. 8.
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Ohio State at Rutgers odds, spread and lines
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Money line: Ohio State -145 (bet $145 to win $100) | Rutgers +120 (bet $100 to win $120)
Against the spread (ATS): Ohio State -2.5 (-107) | Rutgers +2.5 (-115)
Over/Under (O/U): 136.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)
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Ohio State at Rutgers odds, lines, picks and predictions
Ohio State 68, Rutgers 66
Against the spread
Rutgers is 12-3-1 ATS in its last 16 games as a home underdog. In the OSU-RU series, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings.
Ohio State is prone to some defensive lapses and has a lot of trouble in forcing turnovers. The Knights are the stronger defensive five, and that shows up more in and around the paint than anywhere else. Blocked shots — and the threat of them — make for an important RU defensive weapon.
With this game being in Piscataway — where Rutgers has defeated Michigan State, Iowa and Purdue — figure a small-to-moderate lean on the SCARLET KNIGHTS +2.5 (-115).
OSU’s schedule gaps may create some rusty collective shooting touch. Two of the impressive three wins noted above hit Unders.
TAKE THE UNDER 136.5 (-110).
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